By Sheila Zinck on March 6, 2017

What Happens When I Can No Longer Drive?

People love their cars. For most teenagers, getting their license is a much anticipated milestone, increasing their independence and opening up new opportunities and adventure (often to the chagrin of their parents). For most older adults, the day they decide to stop driving is also a milestone, albeit a dreaded one representing a loss of […]

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By Tim Powers on February 22, 2017

Improving Eldercare with Cognitive Computing and the Internet of Things

by John W. Morgan, CEO, Avamere Family of Companies We are just beginning to see the impact Baby Boomers will have on the healthcare industry and post-acute continuum. Every month, more than a quarter million Americans reach retirement age, and each will have unique challenges and diverse and ever-evolving needs, especially as they acquire physical […]

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By Erich Manser on February 21, 2017

Students and Seniors Share Ideas for Creating an Accessible, Self-Driving Vehicle

Continuing our work to create the world’s most accessible, self-driving vehicle, IBM, Local Motors and the CTA Foundation recently held two #AccessibleOlli workshops in the Washington D.C. area. We invited two distinct audiences – students from Carver Vocational-Technical High, a P-TECH school in Baltimore, and an AARP workshop with older adults – to help design a vehicle […]

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By John Sanchez on February 16, 2017

Maximizing the Performance of our Seniors’ “Mission Critical Systems”

Several years ago, I worked as an IBM systems architect visiting customer sites to deploy monitoring software into their data centers to ensure that their mission critical systems were achieving maximum performance and reliability. My goal was to help them use historical data that could be mashed together to predict potential issues, which triggered actions […]

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By Tim Powers on December 28, 2016

IBM Accessibility at CES 2017

At CES 2017, IBM Accessibility Research, Local Motors and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation will be sharing how autonomous vehicles will help people with disabilities and the world’s growing aging population remain independent and self-sufficient for as long as possible Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist and CEO of Starfish Media Group, this session […]

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By Tim Powers on December 14, 2016

OpenAIR Winners Leverage IBM Accessibility Tools

The annual Knowbility OpenAIR web accessibility challenge announced the winners of its 19th annual competition, which pairs teams of web developers and designers with registered non-profits to create or improve their website and make it more accessible to people with disabilities. As part of this year’s competition, IBM made its accessibility testing tools available to […]

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By Susann Keohane on December 8, 2016

Tour the IBM “Aging in Place” Environment

According to the United Nations, the number of people aged 60 years or older is projected to grow by 56 percent by 2030. To help improve eldercare resulting from this rapidly growing demographic, IBM has opened a new “Aging in Place” environment in its Research Lab in Austin designed to mimic the types of interactions […]

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By Tom Babinszki on November 30, 2016

Accessibility, Like a Rare Coin, Can Be Priceless

I have two passions in life – collecting coins and accessibility. Being blind since birth, I have an appreciation for the value of both. As a child growing up in Hungary, I always had a fascination for different cultures and languages. After my mother gave me a treasure box filled with coins, I had a […]

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By Bo Campbell on November 10, 2016

Creating Accessible Solutions in Healthcare

I recently participated in an accessibility event with the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing and the Special Hope Foundation, which promotes the establishment of comprehensive healthcare for adults with developmental disabilities. The Center for Body Computing has a rich history of creating technology that helps people with disabilities. Their goal was […]

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